Boomkat Product Review:
Utterly essential retrospective collecting Terror Danjah productions dating between 2003-2009, some of the most fierce, experimental and forward thinking Grime productions ever recorded.
Over this period Danjah accrued a catalogue of productions for Shola Ama, Wiley, Skepta, Nasty Crew and Shystie, besides just about everyone else in the grime game, with his well fucked rhythmic machinations providing loose but complex syncopations to incite MC flows. Working with a pared down palette of signature sounds, from the cheeky gremlinz that give this collection it's title, to the purple synths that would influence Joker, Gemmy and co, Danjah has took garage and the UK styles before it, and reworked them to his own hyperfunked specifications, ranking alongside Wiley and his Devil mixes as one of the foremost rhythm pioneers of the era.
The febrile Afr-obotic tribalism of 'Green Street' is just mindblowing, while on 'Radar' he indulges properly abstract tendencies with shockingly weird results. On 'Planet Shock' he draws a direct lineage between the innovation of 80's NYC and the UK's own raw underground, stamping his signature edits all over the joint, or on the classic 'Zumpi Hunter' swerves between micro-edited synth funk and muscle twitching rhythm chops with immeasurable confidence.
For anyone following the ever-morphing patterns of UK urban music and the hardcore 'nuum, this collection is just totally indispensable.